We Want to Visit Maryhill Winery!

7:10 pm Wine

We’ve never been to Maryhill Winery, but we understand why Wine Press Northwest named it 2009 “Washington Winery of the Year.” In 10 short years, Maryhill grew from a 4,300-case production to more than 80,000 cases.

Their family-owned business, located on the Washington-Oregon border, is considered a destination winery, with a 3,000-square-foot tasting room, breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge, facilities for weddings and events, and a summer concert series in a 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. Of course we want to visit!

And then there’s the wine. Maryhill produces 23 varietals and 28 award-winning wines. So when we were offered a free sample of 2008 Winemaker’s Red to taste, of course we said “yes, thanks.”

This year’s Winemaker’s Red is a blend of 40% Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot, 20% Syrah and 10% Cab Franc. With aromas of dark cherry and caramel, this wine has flavors of cranberry, chocolate and a bit of coffee. We liked it today – the Cab Franc added a special touch that appeals to both our palates – but we recommend cellaring it for a year or two.

With a price point of $14.00, Maryhill’s 2008 Winemaker’s Red is definitely worth a purchase. Previous vintages generated numerous awards, and we expect that the 2008 blend will follow suit.


3 Responses
  1. Scott Abernethy :

    Date: June 9, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    What’s stopping you? We’ve been there several times. Great tasting room and a fantastic selection of wines. We even bought a “tour” in a silent auction last year and got a full-blown tour from the assistant winemaker, followed by our own private tasting. I’ve never been there for a concert, but it is on my “bucket list”. It’s a great stop on a Columbia Gorge wine-tasting tour.

  2. writeforwine :

    Date: June 9, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    That’s great to hear, Scott. Thanks for your feedback. We’ve done a lot of different wine tours – from Oregon to Bordeaux – but we’ve not taken a Columbia Gorge wine-tasting tour. After hearing your feedback & tasting their wines, it is most definitely on our list. What other tours have you enjoyed?

  3. Artisan Vineyards :

    Date: June 14, 2010 @ 6:59 am

    Wow, with an article like this and a raving review from Scott this is something I would be very interested in.

    Thank you for bringing it to all of our attention. I’m going to check out the link to their site right now!